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Alumni

Alumni

Welcome VTS Alumni

Welcome to the VTS virtual alumni community! As a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, you join over 3,300 other ordained and lay leaders worldwide. VTS alumni serve in over 50 countries around the globe -- every day our alumni are making a difference in their communities and in the world.   
Below are resources and opportunities for VTS Alumni, along with information on alumni leadership and ways to stay connected to the Seminary and with other VTS Alumni.   

2020 Alumni Convocation: Theology in a Time of Crisis

2020 “Virtual” Alumni Convocation:
Theology in a Time of Crisis
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
with Keynoter Professor Gary Dorrien
 
VTS is honored to announce that the Rev. Gary Dorrien, Ph.D. will keynote the 2020 Alumni Convocation, speaking on In a Time of Crises: The Social Gospel in Black and White, Then and Now.

Dr. Dorrien teaches social ethics, theology, and philosophy of religion as the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University.

Professor Dorrien is the author of 20 books and more than 300 articles that range across the fields of social ethics, philosophy, theology, political economics, social and political theory, religious history, cultural criticism, and intellectual history. Philosopher Cornel West describes him as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today” and Frederick Ferre calls him “a superstar interpreter of modern religious thought.”

Dr. Dorrien is currently working on the third volume of his trilogy on the black social gospel: A Darkly Radiant Vision: The Black Social Gospel in the Shadow of King. Prior volumes of the trilogy are The New Abolition: W.E. B. Dubois and the Black Social Gospel, which earned the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel, published in 2018. Other recent books include Social Democracy in the Making: Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism (2019) and Imagining Democratic Socialism: Political Theology, Marxism, and Social Democracy (2018).

Join us on October 13! Alumni Convocation will be completely online this year and will include plenary presentations as well as opportunities for breakout discussions and “virtual” conversation with Professor Dorrien. Registration is open here.

Contact Us:

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Monday-Friday.

Phone:
703-461-1711.

Email:
Alumni@vts.edu 

Mailing Address:
Virginia Theological Seminary
Office of Alumni/Alumnae 
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304

On Campus:
The Alumni Office is located in
Sparrow Hall, building #25
On the campus map 

Alumni Relations During Covid-19

In these challenging times of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, VTS offers ongoing resources for alumni and friends as worship and formation move online in the parishes.  Below is a link to the Prayer and Worship Resource Packet developed by the VTS Lifelong Learning department and seminary faculty.
And read the latest updates from the Seminary on the impact on academic and campus life here: 

www.vts.edu/coronavirus
 
     

Alumni Resources:

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  • Alumni Convocation

    Join us on October 13, 2020! Alumni Convocation will be completely online this year and will include plenary presentations as well as opportunities for breakout discussions and “virtual” conversation with Dr. Dorrien. Registration is open here.
    Virginia Theological Seminary
    2020 “Virtual” Alumni Convocation: Theology in a Time of Crisis
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 with Keynoter Gary Dorrien
     
    VTS is honored to announce that the Rev. Gary Dorrien, Ph.D. will keynote the 2020 Alumni Convocation, speaking on In a Time of Crises: The Social Gospel in Black and White, Then and Now. Dr. Dorrien teaches social ethics, theology, and philosophy of religion as the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University.
    Professor Dorrien is the author of 20 books and more than 300 articles that range across the fields of social ethics, philosophy, theology, political economics, social and political theory, religious history, cultural criticism, and intellectual history. Philosopher Cornel West describes him as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today” and Frederick Ferre calls him “a superstar interpreter of modern religious thought.”
    Dr. Dorrien is currently working on the third volume of his trilogy on the black social gospel: A Darkly Radiant Vision: The Black Social Gospel in the Shadow of King. Prior volumes of the trilogy are The New Abolition: W.E. B. Dubois and the Black Social Gospel, which earned the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel, published in 2018. Other recent books include Social Democracy in the Making: Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism (2019) and Imagining Democratic Socialism: Political Theology, Marxism, and Social Democracy (2018).
    Join us on October 13! Alumni Convocation will be completely online this year and will include plenary presentations as well as opportunities for breakout discussions and “virtual” conversation with Dr. Dorrien. Registration is open here.
  • Alumni Pilgrimages

    Alumni are invited on two pilgrimages planned for 2021. Click read more for more details.
    Holy Land 2021: An Epiphany Pilgrimage  
     
    Consider a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold III, XXV Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., co-director of the Bicentennial Campaign and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education at Virginia Theological Seminary. The tour is from January 16 to 27, 2021.  
     
    Gothic France 2021 
     
    As part of the Seminary’s Bicentennial, you are invited to join us on a pilgrimage through Gothic France - Paris, Chartres, Cluny, Reims, Bec Abbey, Mt. St. Michel and Normandy - with the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean & president, and the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Bicentennial Campaign and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor of Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education. This tour will take place late May through early June 2021.  
     
    Please email bhawkins@vts.edu for the itinerary and details. Space limited for both tours. 
     
  • Class Reunions

    The 2020 Class Reunion Reception and Dinner will be held Monday evening, October 11, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Scott Lounge and the Refectory. Classes ending in “5” or decade years (10, 20, 30, etc.) are invited to join with other alumni in a time of reunion and celebration. 
  • Guest housing

    Alumni are eligible for two nights of accommodations in the VTS guest houses annually, subject to availability. Reservations are made by contacting jharre@vts.edu. 
  • Library privileges

    Lifelong access to the Bishop Payne Library including full access to the significant electronic resources, borrowing privileges, and the personalized service of the library mailing books upon request. Visit the Library's borrowing services page for more information. 
  • Regional Chapters

    Regional Chapters provide VTS alumni with opportunities to… 
    • Stay connected to the life of Virginia Theological Seminary 
    • Engage with the Dean and Faculty at regional gatherings 
    • Promote the interests of the Seminary and theological education 
    • Gather with fellow alums for educational programs, retreats, social events, and other activities 
    • Deepen networks with colleagues in the region 
    • Help support and maintain the rich heritage that is Virginia Theological Seminary 
    Current chapters with active or developing programs, and the alumni contact:
    Central Gulf Coast, FL  
    Christie Hord, Mary Alice Mathison 
     
    Tampa, FL area 
    Katie Churchwell 
     
    Mid-Georgia area 
    Jim Said 
     
    Atlanta, GA 
    Kim Jackson 
     
    Memphis, TN 
    Laura Gettys 
     
    Winston-Salem, NC 
    Leon Spencer 
     
    Upper South Carolina 
    Dorian Del Priore 
     
    Williamsburg, VA area 
    Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly 
     
    Hampton Roads/Tidewater, VA 
    Harold Cobb 
     
    Richmond, VA 
    Doug Wigner 
     
    Lynchburg, VA 
    Todd and Diane Vie 
     
    Fredericksburg, VA 
    Catherine Hicks 
     
    Washington, DC 
    David Wacaster 
     
    Baltimore, MD 
    Stewart Lucas and Flo Ledyard 
     
    Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia 
    Matt Tucker 
     
    New York, NY area 
    Lauren Kuratko 
     
    Connecticut 
    George Roberts 
     
    Boston, MA 
    Christine Whittaker 
     
    Maine 
    Kitty Babson 
     
    East Lansing, MI 
    Kit Carlson 
     
    Chicago 
    Brad Linboom, Andrew Rutledge 
     
    Milwaukee, WI 
    Andy Jones 
     
    St. Louis area 
    Mike Angell, Loren Lasch 
     
    Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX 
    Victoria Hatch 
     
    Houston, TX 
    Jimmy Abbott, Patrick Hall 
     
    Phoenix, AZ 
    Troy Mendez 
     
    Los Angeles, CA 
    Serena Beeks, Rachel Nyback 
     
    Northern California 
    (includes portions of the Dioceses of California, Northern California, and El Camino Real) 
    Todd Bruce 
     
    Portland, OR 
    Bingham Powell 
     
    For further information about VTS chapters, please contact Shelagh Casey Brown at scbrown@vts.edu 
     

Alumni Staying Connected:

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  • Alumni Association Executive Committee

    The Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) is a group of  up to 20 members  who  represent the graduate population of VTS to the Seminary.  
    The task of the AAEC, in cooperation with the Dean and the Board of Trustees, is to communicate the current mission, needs, and decisions of the Seminary to its members, and to represent, on their behalf, their concerns about and experience in the Church's ministry to the Seminary. The AAEC seeks to support the work of the Seminary by also promoting appropriate programs for the nurture of its alumni and the Seminary community. 
     
    2019-2020 AAEC Officers 
     
    President: The Rev. Canon Loren Lasch ’08 
    Canon for Christian Formation, Diocese of Missouri 
    St. Louis, MO 
     
    Vice President: The Rev. Canon Leslie Steffensen ‘12 
    Canon to the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries 
    Washington, DC 
     
    Secretary: The Rev. James Stambaugh ’17 
    Rector, Church of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne 
    Wynnewood, PA 
     
    2019-2020 AAEC Members 
     
    The Very Rev. Billy Alford ’92 
    Rector, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 
    Augusta, GA 
     
    The Rev. Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly, ‘09 
    Rector, Hickory Neck Episcopal Church 
    Toano, VA 
     
    The Rev. Lisa Bornt ‘18 
    Rector, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church 
    Darlington, MD 
     
    The Rev. Theodora (Teddy) Brooks ‘92 
    Vicar, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church 
    South Bronx, NY 
     
    Shelagh Casey Brown, ex-officio 
    Director of Alumni and Church Relations 
    Virginia Theological Seminary 
     
    The Rev. Todd Bruce ‘07 
    Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church 
    Folsom, CA 
     
    The Rev. Dr. Anne (Annie) Fredericks Cooper 
    ’04, DMin ’10 
    Priest, Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia Liberia 
     
    Linda Dienno, ex officio 
    Vice President of Institutional Advancement 
    Virginia Theological Seminary 
     
    The Rt. Rev. Ted Gulick ’79 
    Diocese of Virginia 
    Richmond, VA 
     
    The Rev. Lauren E. Kuratko ’05, ex officio 
    Co-Chair, Class Stewards 
    Rector, Grace Episcopal Church 
    Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 
     
    The Rev. Canon Loren Lasch ’08 
    Canon for Christian Formation, Diocese of Missouri 
    St. Louis, MO 
     
    The Rev. Canon Lester MacKenzie ’07 
    Priest-in-Charge, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 
    Laguna Beach, CA 
     
    The Rev. Andrew T. P. Merrow ‘81 
    Alumni elected member of the Board of Trustees 
    Rector, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 
    Arlington, VA 
     
    The Rev. KC Robertson ‘19 
    Associate and Chaplain 
    St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church 
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 
     
    Dr. Marianne Ryan, DMin ‘09 
    Interim Director of Stewardship & Giving 
    All Saints’ Pasadena Episcopal Church 
    Pasadena, CA 
     
    The Rev. Dr. Hilary Smith ’00 
    Rector, Church of the Holy Comforter 
    Richmond, VA 
     
    The Rev. James Stambaugh ’17 
    Rector, Church of the Holy Apostles, Penn Wynne 
    Wynnewood, PA 
     
    The Rev. Canon Leslie Steffensen ‘12 
    Canon to the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries 
    Washington, DC 
     
    The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud ‘88 
    Canon for Discernment and Congregational Vitality 
    Diocese of Maryland 
    Baltimore, MD 
     
    The Rev. Sven VanBaars ’08, ex officio 
    Co-Chair, Class Stewards 
    Rector, Abingdon Episcopal Church 
    White Marsh, VA 
  • Class Stewards

    Class Stewards help to keep members of their Seminary Class connected with each other and with  the Seminary.
    Class Stewards connect their class by
    • Engaging in the important ministry of building and enhancing relationships 
    • Serving as conduits of information, encouragement and affirmation of the work of our graduates 
    • Communicating pastoral concerns to the Alumni Office 
    • Promoting Regional Chapter gatherings, lifelong learning programs and other events offered by the Seminary 
    • Ensuring Class Reunions are planned in a timely manner 
    • Encouraging classmates to support the Seminary by their prayers and ongoing financial commitment 
    For the most recent list of Class Stewards, please email the Alumni Office 
  • Regional Chapter Conveners

    A new regional chapters convenere program is being designed. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Alumni Directory

    VTS Alumni have a new alumni directory available to them online. Please visit the new directory at: 
     
    [link to come]
  • Updated Information Form

    A new database coming soon!
  • Staff

    Shelagh Casey Brown, Director of Alumni and Church Relations 
    scbrown@vts.edu 703-461-1711 
  • Social and Print Media Connections

    Keep up with the news from the Seminary by subscribing to these media sources:
    monthly Alumni eNews,  
    daily Dean’s Commentary,
    the VTS Magazine (3 times/year), 
     
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    Youtube
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    Facebook
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Job Postings:

VTS is pleased to share information about available positions for lay or ordained candidates. If you would like to have a ministry job opening posted, please send a job description (Word or PDF) to ministryopenings@vts.edu. Job descriptions will remain on the website for three months from the date of receipt, then will be removed unless you advise us otherwise.  

If you have an opportunity that is tailored for senior seminarians post-graduation, please contact ministryopenings@vts.edu or contact Shelagh Casey Brown in the Alumni Office by email or by phone, 703-461-1711. 
     

Awards

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  • John Hines Preaching Award

    Named in honor of the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, John Hines (VTS ’33), the award celebrates the ministry of preaching and its importance in our Church by recognizing outstanding sermons that are deeply grounded in scripture and focused on the seen and unseen needs of the worshipping community, the nation and the world. 
     
    The Award Process 
     
    All Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Laity of the Episcopal Church in America. Sermons preached outside the United States by clergy who are canonically resident in a diocese of the Episcopal Church USA and by lay people who are parishioners in an Episcopal Church USA congregation will be accepted as entries for the award. 
    Entries should be sermons delivered to a congregation sometime over the course of a full liturgical year -- between the first Sunday in Advent 2018 and the last Sunday of Pentecost.  Entries must be received by the Committee by January 30 of the succeeding year. The award recipient is announced in the Spring. 
     
    The prophetic voice must be central within the sermon. Only one sermon per preacher can be submitted. For the 2021, entries can be sent as text documents (Word), and/or audio recording. Beginning in 2022, entries will be solely by audio recording. Entries can be sent to HinesAward@vts.edu or by mail to the Seminary. 
     
    The John Hines Preaching Award Committee evaluates the finalists following a faculty committee review of all entries. each entry without knowledge of the identity of the entrant.  
     
    The Award winners are presented with a certificate (hopefully in their parish setting by a VTS representative) and a cash prize of $2,000. Additionally they are invited to campus to guest preach and to spend time with students, faculty, and alumni.  
  • Kreitler Environmental Sermon

    Virginia Theological Seminary invites interested alumni to participate in the third annual environmental sermon contest made possible through the Kreitler Environmental Fund. Clergy are invited to prepare and preach an environmentally and/or creation-centered sermon for consideration in a contest. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top two finalists.  
    Since 1970, many around the globe have observed Earth Day on April 22 as a time to demonstrate support for protecting and preserving our environment. This year marks the 50th Earth Day and the focus is on Climate Action.  
     
    The deadline for submitting a sermon to VTS for the 2020 Environmental Sermon Contest has been extended to August 1. Participants are encouraged to focus on Earth Day and its theme of Climate Action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. 
     
    Participants are encouraged to focus on Earth Day and its theme of Climate Action or on Rogation Days, traditionally the three days before Ascension Day, that are associated with the stewardship of creation.  Earth Day and Rogation Days offer a unique space of time for reflection, writing, and preaching on our collective care and concern for our world.   
     
    To learn more about this opportunity or to submit a sermon, please click here.
  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award

    The award is given each year by the Seminary to honor an Episcopal layperson who, over a significant period of time, has given leadership and unique witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ within his or her congregation, community, Diocese and in the world.
    Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans was born February 21, 1872, in Bedford County, Virginia. She married Joseph Brown Whitehead of Oxford, Mississippi, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Bedford on October 8, 1894. Mr. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. The Whiteheads were well-known and respected in Atlanta and generous to community causes. When Mr. Whitehead died in 1906 of pneumonia at age 42, Mrs. Whitehead assumed complete command of the family's Coca-Cola interests which led to her appointment to the Board of the Coca-Cola Company in 1934. Seven years after her first husband’s death, she married Col. Arthur Kelly Evans, a retired Canadian Army officer. 

    Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church and gave unselfishly to its activities. During her lifetime, she contributed to over 130 different charities and institutions, including Virginia Theological Seminary, with the intent of fostering religion and education and relieving and comforting the underprivileged and the afflicted. Mrs. Evans was known for her concern for others and a genuine benevolent spirit. She died in 1953 after an extended illness. Virginia Theological Seminary established The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award in 1998 in order to more fully honor her life and ministry. 

    Nominations for the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award may come from bishops, clergy, or lay people. Candidates for the award must be active laypersons and communicants in good standing of an Episcopal congregation and must reside in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia. The deadline for submissions for the 2016 award is February 15, 2016. The recipient will be announced in early spring 2016.

    Nomination Requirements
    To submit a nomination, please complete the form for the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award.

Parish Resources

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  • Parish Financial Support

    Seminaries of the Episcopal Church receive no financial support from the national church. The Episcopal Church, however, by Resolution at its General Convention in 1982 has asked all congregations to give “at least one percent of its net disposable budgeted income to one or more of the accredited seminaries” in support of theological education.
    Now, more than ever, parishes and missions have a critical stake in the quality of women and men who are serving as lay and ordained leaders of the Church.  
     
    VTS continues to rely on parish giving, which amounts to close to 30% of our annual unrestricted support. This support is vital to allow VTS to meet its continued commitment to forming future church leaders, and to the educational needs of clergy and laity in congregations throughout the church. 
     
    We are grateful for the parish support that comes to Virginia Theological Seminary and urge congregations to consider supporting VTS through a parish gift. 
  • Theological Education Sunday

    Every year Virginia Theological Seminary honors Theological Education Sunday. Held the first Sunday of February, TES is the day set aside to offer prayers and support for theological education for all the baptized of our Church. VTS celebrates Theological Education Sunday by sending faculty, staff, and students to preach and teach in parishes around the country. 
    Take advantage of the opportunity to have a VTS representative at your parish, who will lift up and celebrate seminary and lifelong education in the church. If your parish is interested in having a Seminary representative on Theological Education Sunday, please contact Shelagh Casey Brown at 703-461-1711 or scbrown@vts.edu.
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